Why Is the Christian Subculture Still So ‘Mindless’? Apologetics' Wrongest Answer: Thinking This Problem Comes From Too Few Answers

Why Is the Christian Subculture Still So ‘Mindless’? Apologetics' Wrongest Answer: Thinking This Problem Comes From Too Few Answers

A Facebook friend raised this tough question: We now have a veritable Apologetics Industrial Complex. A nerd like William Lane Craig (no insult intended–I am a certified nerd myself) can be a kind of superstar. We have more quality seminaries churning out more Evangelical DMins and PhDs than ever before. Yet the mindlessness of the American conservative Christian subculture as a whole has never been more pronounced than it is now. What are we doing wrong? Great question! Urgent question,…

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Time to Take the Non-Science Out of Science

Time to Take the Non-Science Out of Science

Scientists typically claim they must rely on methodological naturalism to do their science. It’s the principle that treats everything as if it were strictly natural, as if there is no supernatural reality. Several years ago I wrote on this blog about how that was no need at all, and in fact it brings a host of non-scientific assumptions into science with it. Two years ago my theory was formally published in this volume of conference proceedings. Today the Discovery Institute published…

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Your Truth is Too Small

Your Truth is Too Small

A 69 year-old man in the Netherlands has asked a court there to lower his legal age to 49. He feels 49, and his doctor says he’s got the body of a 49 year-old. Undoubtedly that much is true. But his truth is too small. Skeptics point out the Old Testament’s restrictions against eating shellfish, and demand to know why Christians “don’t really believe what the Bible says after all.” Their reference to that restriction is true, but their truth…

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Why This Spiritual Readiness Research? Understanding Apologetics in the Church So We Can Help It Grow

Why This Spiritual Readiness Research? Understanding Apologetics in the Church So We Can Help It Grow

The Spiritual Readiness Project is asking apologetics-interested lay people, students, professors, writers and speakers to join in our Apologetics Interest survey. If you haven’t filled it out already, please do so as soon as possible. But you might wonder why, and where this is heading. It’s a good question; thanks for asking! Our main purpose is to discover what has sparked people’s interest in apologetics, so we can help create or collate ways to spread that around, and see more…

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Is Gender Socially Constructed, As Race Is?

Is Gender Socially Constructed, As Race Is?

A Christian Facebook friend asked me this today: What do you think can be said of the claim that race is socially constructed, and that just as we typically identify someone’s race by looking at their outer appearance instead of DNA, we do the same when determining who is allowed in a particular restroom ? For example, someone might point out that some transgender “women” are indistinguishable from “biological women” and so we would have no qualms about them entering…

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Spiritual Readiness Project Announces Its Official Launch You Can Help: Research, Prayer, and More!

Spiritual Readiness Project Announces Its Official Launch You Can Help: Research, Prayer, and More!

The battle is intensifying — a pitched fight for the very soul of the nations. Christians in the Western world are facing more hostility than ever before. It’s not new to Christianity, but it’s new to us, and we’re not ready for it. For months now, a team of experts has been building toward the launch of an important new initiative to build spiritual readiness among Western Christians. Today the Spiritual Readiness Project is ready to announce its official public launch….

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Atheists Casting Evidence to the Wind, Choosing Confirmation Bias Instead

Atheists Casting Evidence to the Wind, Choosing Confirmation Bias Instead

I’ve been watching the Brett Kavanaugh situation and writing about it on The Stream for a while, but there’s another side to it that’s bound to be of interest to readers here. It starts with the strong correlation between political liberalism and atheism. It’s not 100 percent, of course, but the connection has been noted by many researchers, and there’s no doubt it exists. The further left a person’s politics, the more likely he or she is to be an…

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The Gospel and the Mind, by Bradley G. Green

The Gospel and the Mind, by Bradley G. Green

I just read The Gospel and the Mind: Recovering and Shaping the Intellectual Life by Bradley G Green.  I’m wondering why it took me so long. Read it: I predict you will wonder the same thing. I’ve read theories of knowledge before. I’ve never come across one that put it in such a theological and ethical light as this one does. It’s not epistemology, it’s ethics: the kind of persons we need to be in order to know anything truly at…

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